Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 12, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jakob Fuglsang wins the Criterium du Dauphine with final-stage raid; Stefan Kung leads the Tour de Suisse after two stages; Kasia Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Lucas Hamilton up to third overall at the ‘Baby Giro’; Cameron Meyer takes his first win on the road in 2017; Froome sees Porte as Tour de France favourite; Fuglsang and Aru to be Astana co-leaders at the Tour?; Trans Am leadership shifts, Tour Divide kicks off; 68-year-old track cyclist tests positive … again; Sarah Roy’s post-win crash; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 4 — Mt. Mitchell.

Trans Am leadership shifts, Tour Divide kicks off

by Simone Giuliani

The 7,000 kilometre (4,300 mile) Trans Am Race continued to be a tight contest as the leaders crossed the highest point of the race and headed toward the flats of Kansas. Last year’s fifth-place finisher Benjamin Colwill has given up his lead, with Jon Lester now into first having amassed 3,256 kilometres in just over eight days.

The rookie Trans Am rider got an advantage on Colwill on the final climb in Colorado and pushed it home by cresting the climb and continuing downhill before taking a break of around five hours. Colwill’s uncharacteristically long stop of approximately eight hours saw him lose not just first but second and third place as well. Evan Deutsch moved into second, 56 kilometres behind Lester, with French rider Sofiane Sehili breaking up the cluster of American riders at the front of the field, in third.

Colwill was sitting within a couple of kilometres of Sehili in fourth and Janie Hayes was fifth. Hayes, who delivered a top-ten result last year on her first attempt, is sixth and it still currently running ahead of women’s record pace set by last year’s race winner Lael Wilcox.

In other news, Friday saw the start of the Tour Divide, the ultra-endurance race for the fat-tyred crew that covers 4,500 kilometres from Canada to the Mexican border. After nearly two days in some fairly tough conditions last year’s French Divide winner, Belgian Ben Steurbaurt, was out the front at 641 kilometres. Two American riders were within 25 kilometres, with the 2015 Tour Divide winner Josh Kato in second and Brian Lucido in third. There are also a handful field of single-speeders out racing the course this year, with Ty Domin in 18th place overall leading the hardy souls with no choice of easier gears to fall back on.